Home Business World Bank sa...

World Bank sanctions $300 million for building roads in Tamil Nadu

0

By Newsgram Staff Writer

To improve the capacity, quality and safety of Tamil Nadu’s core road network, World Bank has approved a $300 million loan for the ‘Second Tamil Nadu Road Sector Project ‘.

To help the state fulfill its vision, Second Tamil Nadu Road Sector Project will address the accumulated investment needs by supporting upgradation of 1,175 km of the core road network.

The project will adopt a contracting arrangement to encourage economies of scale. It will also offer stronger incentives for performance, viz., Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contracts (430 km), Public Private Participation (PPP) concessions (145 km) and long-term Performance-Based Maintenance Contracts (PBMC, 600 km).

“While Tamil Nadu has made impressive economic progress, the state government recognizes the need for improving infrastructure, particularly road infrastructure, to make growth more inclusive.  Better roads will help improve access to markets, healthcare and education while creating new jobs and boosting agriculture,” said Onno Ruhl, World Bank Country Director for India.

“Rapid growth has also led to substantial increase in vehicle ownership. An important aspect of the project will be to strengthen road safety in order to bring down the number of fatalities and serious injuries from traffic accidents in the state,” Ruhl added.

The first project – Tamil Nadu Road Sector Project – supported upgrading (724 km) and maintaining (1,030 km) roads along with several initiatives to strengthen institutions as well as road safety. These included a road safety policy, a Road Accident Database Management System, a Road Safety Fund, and black-spot improvement.

During the project period, number of fatalities from road accidents per 10,000 registered vehicles reduced from 19 in 2003 to 11 in 2012. The percentage of roads in poor condition in the state’s core road network (CRN), comprising state highways and major district roads, reduced from about 35 per cent to 8 per cent. Also, the share of roads with less than 2-lane width in CRN decreased from 60 per cent to 38 per cent.

“The first project had a number of institutional successes but there is also an unfinished agenda. The project will support the Government of Tamil Nadu in implementing a more sustainable strategy involving innovative contracting structures with scope for greater efficiency, a gradual shift towards more optimal allocation of budgetary support towards capacity expansion and maintenance and a more coordinated approach to road safety at the state and field levels,” said Pratap Tvgssshrk, Senior Transport Specialist and World Bank’s Task Team Leader for the project.

Next Story

Tamil Nadu Relaxes TV Serial Shooting Restrictions Further

Tamil Nadu has relaxed conditions for TV serial shooting

0
Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami has announced relaxation in TV serial shooting norms in the state. Wikimedia Commons

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Saturday announced further relaxation in television shooting in the state.

In a statement issued here he said the television serial shooting will be allowed from May 31 onwards with a maximum of 60 persons at the spot including actors and technicians.

tripod
Initially the government had fixed the number of persons at the shooting spot at 20. Pixabay

The other conditions that the government had earlier laid down were: Shooting is allowed only indoors or in the houses having compound walls; No shooting is allowed in public places, except in rural and on COVID-19 containment areas; No permission for onlookers; Spraying of disinfectant before and after the shooting at the shoot spots; Barring actors, all others should wear masks and maintain social distance.

Also Read: Vaccine to Prevent COVID-19 Could be Ready by October End: Pfizer CEO

During breaks actors too should wear masks; All equipments, vehicles coming to the shooting spots should be sanitized. (IANS)

Next Story

Tamil Nadu CM Allows TV Serial Shootings to Resume in the State

Tamil Nadu allows shooting of TV serials subject to conditions and guidelines

0
TV serial
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami has allowed to restart television serial shooting in the state subject to precautionary guidelines. Wikimedia Commons

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Thursday allowed television serial shootings in the state subject to conditions.

An official statement said Palaniswami considered the representation received from the industry and has allowed shooting of television serials subject to the following conditions: Shooting is allowed only indoors or in the houses having compound walls; No shooting is allowed in public places, except in rural and on Covid-19 containment areas; No permission for onlookers; Spraying of disinfectant before and after the shooting at the shoot spots; Barring actors, all others should wear masks and maintain social distance.

Serial
Outdoor shooting is not allowed according to the guidelines. WIkimedia Commons

Also Read: What Do You Think is The Salary Package of Big Media Chiefs?

During breaks actors too should wear masks; All equipments, vehicles coming to the shooting spots should be sanitized; a maximum of 20 persons alone are permitted at the spot including actors and technicians. (IANS)

Next Story

Special Nodal Officer Appointed in Chennai to Tackle COVID-19

The Tamil Nadu government announced the appointment of J. Radhakrishan

0
lockdown-5033236_19201
Special Nodal Officer Appointed in Chennai to Tackle COVID-19 as the cases rise in the district. Pixabay

The Tamil Nadu government on Friday announced the appointment of J. Radhakrishan, Principal Secretary/Commissioner, Revenue Administration, Disaster Management and Mitigation, Chennai as the Special Nodal Officer for Greater Chennai Corporation for Covid-19 matters relating to Chennai.

As per the Government Order issued on Friday, as Special Nodal Officer, Radhakrishnan will co-ordinate the Covid-19 related issues with the Commissioner of Greater Chennai Corporation and other teams constituted for specific purpose of containing the spread of the disease further in Chennai district.

800px-Effect_of_Janata_lockdown_and_Socio_eco_impact_during_more_than_month_lockdown_IMG_20200322_163332
The appointment comes with Chennai reporting higher number of persons testing positive for coronavirus. Wikimedia Commons

Read More: Brocolli and Almond soup: For an Improved Respiratory System

Radhakrishnan will also ensure effective implementation of various guidelines issued by the state government, the order said.

The appointment comes with Chennai reporting higher number of persons testing positive for coronavirus.

As on April 30, a total of 960 persons have been tested positive for coronavirus in the city. (IANS)